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With this being the anniversary of the First World War, then there is a no more appropriate toy for Christmas, than a large Noah's Ark by the Lord Roberts Workshop, of stenciled softwood and painted in green & orange, containing a number of original animals as well as Noah & wife. Printed label to the underside. Circa 1920.
Field Marshal Lord Roberts, who had won the Victoria Cross in 1857, had long campaigned for more to be done for ex-servicemen, especially those who had been disabled. He took a keen interest in the Workshops and became one of the Trustees. Following his death in 1914 while visiting troops in France it was decided, as a memorial to him, to expand the workshops and to name them after him.
By 1920 there were eleven Workshops around the country producing a wide variety of goods including basket ware, toys, beds and bedding and all types of furniture
Length 24 inches 61 cm in length.


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